Designated Emphasis

To receive a designated emphasis in philosophy, graduate students from other departments must complete the following requirements in addition to degree requirements for the doctorate in their home department.

Department Approval

The primary faculty adviser is to be consulted about the intention to pursue a Philosophy Designated Emphasis.

Philosophy adviser

A core philosophy faculty member is required to act as an adviser and serve on both the qualifying examination committee and the dissertation reading committee.


Students must complete four graduate courses in philosophy selected in consultation with the philosophy faculty adviser. One of the four may be an independent study approved by the philosophy faculty adviser.


Students must submit a significant piece of writing that demonstrates competency in the field. The writing could take the form of a seminar paper or dissertation chapter. The essay must meet the approval of the philosophy adviser.


Submit an application to the graduate program coordinator or director. Applications are available online or in the department office at Cowell 220.